This module covers foundational concepts of organic
chemistry that are important for understanding
pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drug
molecules. The four main themes of the module are (1)
organic chemistry in relation to biological action, (2) the
class of organic compounds commonly used as drugs,
(3) the structure-activity relationship in different drug
classes, and (4) theory and practical skills for synthesis,
characterisation, identification, and analysis of drugs.
The scope of this module includes the principles of
organic chemistry with emphasis on structure-activity
relationships, computational chemistry and combinatorial
chemistry. Laboratory procedures for drug synthesis,
purification, characterisation as well as interpretation of
Infrared and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectral data
will also be covered in this module.
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